14 December 2006
Oil And Water
In an earlier post about Darfur I asked for comments and I learned a lot from following those leads. Much of Darfur is desert, making water, grazing areas, and firewood scarce. Some of the conflict is between sedentary peoples (like the Dinka) and Arab nomadic peoples who want to use the same resources.
But there is also oil in Darfur, and judging from the number of companies involved (see map above) it looks like a lot of oil. It's likely that the longstanding tribal struggles over limited natural resources are being cynically used by the Sudanese government and other entities to clear the area for other uses including oil production.
I want to somehow allude to these forces in my print.